Using a tissue sample she believes is from one of her father's experiments in genetic engineering, Frankie accidentally creates a baby monster, which begins to grow at an alarming rate.
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Vivien Alcock (1924 - 2003) is the well-known author of many compelling mysteries and supernatural fantasies for children. Childhood is, she once wrote, "an exciting and dangerous time, and it fascinates me." Her books reflect that excitement, danger, and fascination.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6 The story of a young girl who unexpectedly finds herself nurturing a creature of unknown origin. Frankie Stein is the daughter of a scientist whose preoccupation with his work drives a wedge among the family members. When Frankie obtains some unknown genetic ``material,'' she finds herself having to cope with a growing ``monster.'' Alcock has created a sensitive portrait of the alienated Frankie and her attempts to reach out and protect a similarly alienated monster. Initially, the story may remind readers of E.T. in the portrayal of an alien creature of benign nature and the attempt of children to protect it, as well as conjure up ideas regarding the more intentional references to Shelley's novel Frankenstein. However, Alcock goes beyond obvious parallels and creates a strikingly original story which explores contemporary relationships and societal issues regarding future directions in scientific experimentation. The issue of trust also arises as a key factor, and is one with which young people will readily identify. The conclusion of the story is both unexpected and yet believeable. Alcock has once again shown her ability to create a realistic situation through exploration of the fantastic. The smoothly written book will hold the attention of readers through to its touching conclusion. Karen P. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Study, Queens College, N.Y.
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Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0440500532